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Minesweeping activities will be among the 42 proposed steps that Japan would take to assist U.S. forces in case of war in Asia now that the ruling parties have reached a consensus.

The parties also agreed to restrict information to U.S. forces if it would directly benefit U.S. military attacks. The agreements came at a August 26 meeting on the ongoing update of the 1978 Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines.

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